As the sun set near the Boat Basin Café, Beyoncé thumped from the speakers at the Saveur Summer BBQ, part of a mix "created by the chefs themselves--so as you eat, you'll be listening to the music they normally cook to," according to one of the party's representatives.
In New York City, only the strong restaurants survive. Or the ones with amazing food, cult followings, lots of great press, and a whole slew of other factors. For those keeping tabs, here's a list of restaurants that opened and closed in December.
Anthony Bourdain called Guy Fieri's new restaurant a "terror-dome." He blamed Fieri for "single-handedly turning the neighborhood into the 'Ed Hardy district,'" and mused that the sunglasses-wearing chef "set back spelling two decades." [Sirius XM] The guys over at Big Gay Ice Cream also visited F ... More >>
The LuckyRice Grand Feast had an impressive food and chef line-up. Although not everyone on the star-studded culinary council could be found in person, industry notables like Susur Lee, Angelo Sosa, Masaharu Morimoto, Jeffrey Steingarten, and Todd English were spotted among the crowd. We talked to f ... More >>
Anthony Bourdain was fine form this week -- back to attacking his favorite target, Paula Deen. On Tuesday, he appeared on ABC's Good Morning America and went at Deen again, calling her decision to cook fattening food while hiding her diabetes "in excruciatingly bad taste, unconscionable, and cynical ... More >>
What we've been up to at Fork in the Road this week: Robert Sietsema identifies New York City's iconic foods and shows us where to find them. Lauren Shockey chitchats with Gail Simmons about her life as a Top Chef judge.
Watch out, Mr. Mayor! The United Federation of Teachers is launching an ad campaign today that attacks Mike Bloomberg -- who has loudly criticized the union at a handful of public appearances this year. At his State of the City speech earlier this month, the mayor went after the UFT for insisting on ... More >>
One day in 1955, Dorcas Reilly -- a well-respected home economist whose parents actually named her that -- tinkered in an industrial food lab. Little did Dorcas know that her experimental blend of two tinny staples -- Campbell's cream of mushroom soup and canned green beans -- would become an Amer ... More >>
Actual poll currently running on the Bravo site There is a Bravo show called Work of Art: The Search for the Next Great Artist. As we've told you before, it's a reality-TV competition ostensibly about searching every gallery nook and gutter grate for America's Next Great Artist--not a Very Good Art ... More >>
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Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. Coco, a Japanese restaurant in Williamsburg, has shuttered. [Eater] The Burger Heaven location on Madison between 54th and 55th Street ... More >>
chefmarksimmons.comMention New Zealand cuisine to an American, and you're likely to be met with a blank stare. Beyond the odd kiwi fruit and jars of Marmite, even many of our self-proclaimed dining sophisticates can't conceptualize what such food might entail. But if Mark Simmons has anything ... More >>
Ex-Sfoglia chef Ron Suhanosky has left Stuzzicheria after just four months, due to creative differences with owner Gerard Renny. Paul Di Bari, who worked at sister restaurant Stuzzi has taken over. [Grub Street] James Kent, who competed a in Bocuse d'Or this year, has been promoted to chef d ... More >>
via BravoMagic in action? Platinum Hit, Bravo's new talent competition for songwriters with Jewel as host and Kara DioGuardi as head judge, is not particularly enjoyable. Aside from the talented but super-ADD Sonyae (pronounced, somewhat ironically, like "soigné") and the arrogant but though ... More >>
Aside from Nelson Blue and D.U.B. Pies, New York doesn't exactly have a surfeit of restaurants serving New Zealand cuisine. But the underrepresented country is about to get another shout-out, in Park Slope of all places. Here's Park Slope reports that Mark Simmons, a New Zealand ex-pat and T ... More >>
Fancy Feast Elegant Medley - last seen 'round these parts pushing "Florentine-style" cat food on Our Man Sietsema - has enlisted Carla Hall to do its bidding.
Chefs gonna be winning!April showers bring May flowers, but also the James Beard Foundation Awards! The second week in May the awards will celebrate the country's best chefs (and journalists and writers), and are a big ole party of who's who in the industry. Wanting to take a peek behind th ... More >>
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Fat Tuesday Bash Blue Water Grill Tuesday, March 8 at 8 p.m. The restaurant's Jazz Room will host a three-course prix-fixe menu inspired by New Orleans and accompan ... More >>
BravoNow that Top Chef All Stars is kind of, sort of beginning to draw to a close, Bravo wants us to start thinking about the next season of Top Chef Masters.
bravotv.comAngelo Sosa, the second time around.The first time we sat down with Angelo Sosa, he had just debuted his now-defunct Asian sandwich shop, Xie Xie, amid the thick of the banh mi craze. Now, nearly two years later, we chat with him again as he prepares to debut Social Eatz, an Asian- ... More >>
Although his fate on Top Chef has yet to be determined, Angelo Sosa now has a new job in the non-televised world.
Ah, restaurant wars. As inevitable as income taxes and that incredulous look Tom gets on his face whenever Marcel opens his mouth. And last night's didn't disappoint, bringing with it a spectacle of meaty, man-sized proportions and more bitch-fighting than an entire season of The Real Housew ... More >>
Really? Are you shittin' me?This week, as if to atone for last season's use of policy wonks and politicians as guest judges, Top Chef opened wide and spit out a Jonas Brother. Specifically, as Spike tells us, it's Joe Jonas, a "world-famous teenage heartthrob." Dale T. is less impressed: "I t ... More >>
Bravo After far, far too brief a hiatus, Top Chef returned last night, with a merry band of All-Stars in tow. "All-Stars," of course, is very convenient shorthand for "prior contestants suffering from various degrees of bitterness, self-delusion, and a disproportionate need for vengeance." Ev ... More >>
BravoTelevision host, eater, writer: A true Renaissance woman.Life just got a little sweeter for Top Chef: Just Desserts host Gail Simmons. According to Eater, Simmons has nabbed a deal with Hyperion to write her memoir, Talking With My Mouth Full.
KINGS OF PASTRY Theatrical Trailer from Pennebaker Hegedus Films on Vimeo. Although it premiered last Wednesday, we'd like to give a shout-out to Kings of Pastry, the new documentary from Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker playing at Film Forum through Sept. 28. While shows like Top Chef: Just Dessert ... More >>
In a blubbery moodWe have interviewed Angelo Sosa about Asian sandwiches, stuffed our faces with those (very tasty) sandwiches at Xie Xie, and watched as he wept openly on Top Chef. Today, Immaculate Infatuation has gone still deeper into the mind of Sosa, discovering, among other things, tha ... More >>
How big? Really? "Thirteen chefs have fallen," says Kevin as if he's talking about victims of a foreign war instead of willing reality show contestants, giving us a taste of the vacuous hyperbole that awaits us. Angelo, meanwhile, carps about his ex-in laws, saying they "just didn't believe ... More >>
We may still be choking down the current season, but reports are already abounding of who will star in the next season of Top Chef, and where.
'Work of Art' gets its own 'crit' from three Village Voice writers
Why do some people upstate consider the Bronx's Gladys Carrión their own 'Satan' incarnate? Maybe it has something to do with all the juvenile detention facilities city kids get sent to up there. Or got sent to. Because -- as the commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services -- Car ... More >>
Bravo Morning in the Top Chef house. Amanda sits on a giant rubber ball and talks about gravity. Kenny complains that he feels like he's second fiddle on "the Angelo show." Angelo confesses that he doesn't like being a bottom on the bottom because it puts 'a damper" on his mind. Arnold claim ... More >>
New York Restaurant InsiderColicchio will sing a new song in Kips Bay.In less than two weeks, the new season of Top Chef will deliver a meaty, man-sized portion of Tom Colicchio upon the viewing public. For local fans, the show will provide but an amuse bouche for a second, less televised hel ... More >>
Ashley Merriman may be commanding the burners at the resurrected Nell's Mum's been the word on the new Richie Akiva and Scott Sartiano (1Oak, Butter) project moving into the legendary Nell's space on the fringe of MePa, but in this age of hyper-connectivity, tantalizing tidbits have begun to ... More >>
"Hot Night," by Christopher M. The Atlanta artist currently known as Christopher M. chose Top Chef finalist Kevin Gillespie as a muse for a series of paintings depicting life in the restaurant. Gillespie told Access Atlanta that he felt, "honored that someone of the caliber of Christopher fi ... More >>
Famed chef returns to the Meatpacking District
Padma is now Padma plus one. This past Saturday night, as the earth continued its inexorable turn around its axis, Padma Lakshmi brought forth a baby girl named Krishna into the world. Like her mother, the infant is also named after a Hindu deity (although Krishna is a god, not a goddess): Un ... More >>
Nursing mothers need plenty of iron. Three days after reporting that Padma Lakshmi was impregnated by a venture capitalist, Page Six claims to know the gender of the wee bairn.
Gail Simmons will get her Just DessertsLast October, when the Top Chef masterminds announced plans for a pastry-themed spin-off called Just Desserts, we recoiled at the thought of Padma choking down hunks of cake as she regurgitated wooden platitudes. Thankfully, Bravo has announced that the ... More >>
Anthony Bourdain in a reflective moment.As this miserable decade exhales its last, poisonous breaths, Anthony Bourdain has a few thoughts to share about what's changed in the food world not over the last 10 years, but the last three.
Tabla is among a number of restaurants using psychological principles to overhaul their menus, such as dropping the dollar sign from prices or naming a dish after the chef's mom. [NY Times] 2009 was the year 'nduja, the spicy smoked meat with a cult following, became the "Lady Gaga of pork ... More >>
The organizers of the Bocuse d'Or, otherwise known throughout the dining world as the culinary Olympics, announced the 12 semi-finalists for the 2011 U.S. team earlier this afternoon at Daniel. Each semi-finalist, avec sous chef, will compete against one another in February at the Culinary In ... More >>
Bravo Finally, it's the beginning of the end. After a long, existentially arduous slog, The Top Chef gravy train pulled into Napa last night, new haircuts and hubris in tow. Jen opted for a blow-out; Kevin opted for longer locks that, combined with his turtle neck, made him look like an earne ... More >>
Oh, Nigella Lawson! Where have you been all our viewing lives? Why couldn't it be you to hold the permanent position of Droll British Judge on Top Chef, instead of froggy Toby Young? Lawson was the freshest thing about last night's episode, which began by giving off the sad, stale air of co ... More >>
Bravo As morning dawned on the McMansion this week, we learned that Eli still lives with his parents, which wasn't that much more surprising than the simultaneous discovery that he wears white Crocs, and that they're really, really filthy. We also learned that Robin does Pilates every morning, some ... More >>
#1: Julia Child This last Friday, we ran a ranking of Our 10 Best Food-Themed Television Shows, and it included, in addition to old chestnuts like Julia Child and the Galloping Gourmet, some more obscure food-show hosts, folks like Justin Wilson, who introduced every recipe with a Cajun traveling ... More >>
A few afternoons ago I had the pleasure of hearing Jacques Pepin discourse on his friendship with Julia Child, whom he met in 1960. He recalled their opportunity to work together on a show called Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home, created in 1999 in Boston and featuring both of them in the kitc ... More >>
The Chopping Block, the new cooking competition show on NBC with Marco Pierre White, is serious stuff. Watching it, you might wonder if you're viewing a reality show in the comfort of your own home or a post-apocalyptic thriller at the multiplex. Times are bleak, business is hard, the streets are m ... More >>
Wondering just how and why Toby Young scored the Top Chef judge gig? Us too.As we suspected, it had a lot to do with his nationality. As demonstrated by Simon Cowell, America loves a bitchy Brit at the reality show table. Talking to Yahoo TV, Young concedes that he got the Bravo call out of the blue ... More >>